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Comparing Md. Slots Bills

Friday, February 25, 2005; Page B05

Locations

House bill: Authorizes as many as 9,500 machines in four counties: 3,500 in Anne Arundel, 2,500 in Frederick, 2,500 in Harford and 1,000 at Rocky Gap Lodge in Allegany. Precise locations would be chosen by a seven-member commission appointed by the governor, Senate president, House speaker and state treasurer.

Senate bill: Authorizes as many as 15,500 machines at seven locations to be selected by a nine-member commission appointed by the governor with the Senate's advice and consent.

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Expected Revenue

House: By 2010, more than $1 billion in gross proceeds a year, with about $350 million dedicated to education, $325 million to slot machine operators and the rest to other programs.

Senate: By 2010, about $1.6 billion in gross proceeds a year, with about $750 million dedicated to education, $620 million to slot machine operators and the rest to other programs.

Spending School Funds

House: Steers most money to school construction, providing about $50 million in operating funds for districts with higher costs of providing education.

Senate: Earmarks $150 million a year for school construction and steers the rest to operations, including about $50 million a year for higher-cost districts.

Other Spending

House: Sets aside 15 percent of proceeds for local development grants to counties and Baltimore, with funds distributed based on lottery sales in each jurisdiction; 3 percent in grants to jurisdictions hosting slots; and 9 percent to enhance horse-racing purses and aid the breeding industry.

Senate: Earmarks 4.75 percent of proceeds to aid governments that host slots facilities and 5.25 percent for purses and breeding.


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